For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS TORONTO K538 / 319

Then HNoMS GARM (1956)

Then HNoMS VALKYRIEN (1965)

HMCS Toronto K538

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson

 

Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944

 

 

Laid down: 10 May 1943

Launched: 18 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 06 May 1944

Paid off: 27 Nov 1945

Re-commissioned: 26 Mar 1953

Paid off: 14 Apr 1956

Loaned to the Norwegian Navy: 1956

Re-commissioned: 14 Apr 1956

Transferred to the Norwegian Navy: 1959

Re-classed: 1965

Disposed: 1977/78

 

Laid down as HMCS Giffard, she was renamed and commissioned on 06 May 1944, at LÚvis as HMCS Toronto. She arrived at Halifax on 28 May 1944 leaving on 18 Jun 1944 for a month's working-up in Bermuda. In Aug 1944 Toronto was allocated to EG 16, Halifax, but for the next few weeks operated principally from Sydney. Following repairs in Nov 1944 she joined Halifax Force and was employed locally until May 1945, when she began five months' training duty at HMCS Cornwallis. Paid off on 27 Nov 1945, she was placed in reserve at Shelburne, but was re-commissioned on 26 Mar 1953, after conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort. She was paid off for the last time on 14 Apr 1956, having been lent to the Norwegian Navy, which renamed her HNoMS Garm. She was permanently transferred in 1959, and re-classed in 1965 as a torpedo boat depot ship - simultaneously renamed HNoMS Valkyrien, she served a further 13 years before being disposed of.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Henry Knot Hill, RCNVR - 06 May 1944 - 17 Mar 1945

LCdr Anthony George Scott Griffin, RCNVR - 18 Mar 1945 - 17 Jun 1945

A/LCdr Edward Burton Pearce, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1945 - 27 Nov 1945

LCdr William David Falconer Johnston, RCN - 26 Nov 1953 - 31 Aug 1954

LCdr A.H. MacDonald, RCN - 01 Sep 1954 - 03 Jan 1956

LCdr Gordon Story Clark, RCN - 04 Jan 1956 - 05 Apr 1956

LCdr William Wyness MacColl, RCN - 06 Apr 1956 - 14 Apr 1956

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bankes, John Maxwell

____-2007

Drafted to Toronto K538 on 10 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by / 06 May 1944

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fortington, Roy E.

____-2007

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hardy, Donald Henry

1928-2010

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

Paying off crew

 

 

 

I-J

Johnston, William David Falconer

____-1992

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kersey, Patrick J.

1924-2013

Served in Toronto during WW II

Lawrence, Frank William

See HMCS Wentworth

Lovell, Donald

1923-1996

Lowe, Alan Gordon

1928-2010

Served in Toronto in 1953

 

M-N

MacAlpine, Gerald Angus

1937-2013

Naugle, Allan Bernard

1924-2015

 

 

 

O-P

Porter, Robert

1927-1994

Price, Bob

1922-2016

 

 

 

S-T

Samson, Kenneth

1925-2010

Simpson, Thomas Joseph

1921-2017

Served in Toronto during WW 2 as a Radar Operator

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Beique, Leon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jun 1944

 

Brown, Alexander, Lt (E), RCNR - 18 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 May 1944

 

Chappell, Norman Russell, Lt, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 May 1944

 

Curry, Don, Radar Operator - Feb 1956 - Apr 1956

 

Gilbert, Bruce Walter, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 May 1944

 

Gordon, Arnold

Griffin, Anthony George Scott, LCdr, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Hill, Henry Knox, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) CO

 

Howard, Ralph Turnbull, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 May 1944

 

Madden, Frederick George, Slt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945

 

Mann, Roger James, Lt, RCNR - 16 May 1944

 

Marshall, Harry Simpson, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944

McBean, Athol Oscar, Lt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Merkel, James William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Mar 1945

 

Thomas, Charles Humbert, A/Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1944

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Turnbull, Walter Gordon Gay, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Webb, Maurice Edward, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Don Lovell

 

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